When Steve’s Mom heard we were planning a garden, she suggested we incorporate some flowers.
“Has someone told you to put marigolds in with your tomatoes to keep the bugs away?” she emailed me. “Works.”
Steve, who went to visit her shortly after that for Mother’s Day, said he’d bring home some marigold seeds we could plant around the tomatoes. He forgot them, but that’s probably for the best. This experiment has not yet involved actual planting of seeds, and I think that gets us one giant step closer to success, at least this first time around.
However, on the same trip to the nursery that garnered us the lavender, basil and parsley plants, we picked up a five-pack of marigolds and scattered them through the garden.
Of the five, one had a blossom, two had buds, and two were simply greenery. However, by now, they’re all cycling through the blooming process, forming beautiful yellow and red flowers, then, after we deadhead them, slowly bringing new buds into the sunlight.
Honestly, I wouldn’t know an aphid if it hit me in the face. But if these pretty little warriors are keeping them away, that works.